The highest number of members for several years, including pre-covid years, were welcomed by Chairman Barry Reid to the Societies 51st AGM. There was a sad start to proceedings as Harry Moore, Baz Honeywood and Ginger Ife had all passed away during the previous 12 months.
The Chairman reported a particularly busy year befitting of the Society's Golden Anniversary. The Treasurers report confirmed that despite the Society having carried out allot of costly work the balance to carry forward remained healthy and was only down about £6,000 at year end compared to the previous year. This was due to the Angling Improvement Fund grant of £5,000, the level of day membership sales and donations in addition to subscription income.
President Graham Denny reflected on what he saw as a signature year for the Society saying that he hoped members felt suitably proud. He went on to say what had been achieved took blood sweat and tears and there had been both highs and lows over the years. He, with his wife Bridget, had recently attended the unveiling of the commemorate bench and found it humbling that his family had been recognised in such a way. He asked members to volunteer where possible as their efforts would be appreciated by the Society and giving back was usually a rewarding experience. He thanked the Committee as a whole for their work and gave particular thanks to Barry Reid for his considerable efforts over a great many years.
All proposals were agreed unanimously meaning that subscriptions are held at last years levels, namely Seniors £58, Senior Citizens, Intermediates and Disabled £44 with Juniors free of charge.
The TIGER trophy for making an outstanding contribution to the Society was awarded to Bill Dunk for his work in bailiffing, particularly the Reydon complex.
Secretary Paul Watson and committee member Steve Lerpiniere stood down from the committee and were thanked for their contribution to the Society over many years.
Toby Samkin had been a committee member for some time and came forward to take over the role of Secretary while member Brer Cornish was proposed as a replacement committee member. Both were duly elected.
Bouquet's were presented to Mrs Bridget Denny and Mrs Beverly Reid for their continued support of the Society. Thanks to the support of Avenue Angling and several members donating prizes, a record amount of £210 was raised by the raffle.
Subscriptions are now due and must be paid by midnight on the 15th May, there are no exceptions made to this rule. Please remember that even though juniors are free of charge (donations welcome) they must still return their paying in slip by the same date and time.
As is usual at this time of year, numbers joining the waiting list are increasing so failure to pay on time may mean you will not be able to rejoin this year. For those wishing to apply for membership, please visit the membership page of our website to print off a form for submission, alternatively, contact Barry Reid and a form can be posted to you. New membership offers will be sent out on around the 16th May.
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